Battery Park aired from March until April 2000 on NBC.
One-liner's abounded in this silly cop comedy, set in New York City's Battery Park district. Captain Dunleavy( Elizabeth Perkins)was the tough, sarcastic boss who was mostly interested in advancing her political career, and Ben ( Justin Louis), the level-headed chief detective with an annoyingly impeccable record. Others at the station house included smart, flirty Elena ( Jacqueline Obraders), self-absorbed publicity hound Kevin ( Robert Mailhouse)( often seen reading Variety), slightly dense Carl( Jay Paulson), and the overeager team of Stig and Derek ( Frank Grillo, Bokeem Woodbine), who had to be reined in before they blew away every perp. Ray ( Sam Lloyd)was the precinct's sad sack perpetual victim and Maria ( Wendy Moniz), a mob boss' cute daughter whom Ben was unwisely dating.
This sitcom was created by Gary David Goldberg of Family Ties and Spin City.
A Review From The New York Times
TELEVISION REVIEW; A Sitcom in a Precinct With Inventive Brutality
By ANITA GATES
Published: March 23, 2000
Capt. Madeleine Dunleavy is a police chief America could love to hate. Played by the sharp and sophisticated Elizabeth Perkins, the last person you might have ever expected to see in a sitcom, Madeleine has, let's say, a strong sense of self.
When a frightened citizen spots her in an otherwise empty area of the police station and asks if she is there to take his statement, she answers, ''Does this look like the haircut of someone who takes statements?'' Madeleine desperately wants her precinct to have the lowest homicide rate so she'll have a shot at becoming mayor. When a shooting threatens to change that statistic, Madeleine comes up with an angle. Standing in the hospital room of a Mafia boss in critical condition, Madeleine announces to her underling (Justin Louis): ''He lives, we're the safest precinct. He dies, we're the precinct that cares.'' The mafioso's daughter is feet away, sitting at his bedside.
Madeleine is the key figure in ''Battery Park,'' the new NBC sitcom from Gary David Goldberg and Chris Henchy. The show is not as original as ''Barney Miller,'' the last prime-time comedy hit set in a police station, but it has possibilities and a strong cast. Ms. Perkins is delicious, and Mr. Louis is charming as the far warmer, more sensitive of the two. Bokeem Woodbine is appealing as Derek, a police officer who wants his job to be more like an action movie. He requests, for instance, ''an amphibious assault vehicle'' for patrolling the wharf but is told that his Chevy Lumina will have to do.
The real laughs on ''Battery Park'' don't come often enough, but some of them are solid. Derek and Stig (Frank Grillo) strike a blow for defendable police brutality when they take a recalcitrant suspect, in his undershirt and boxer shorts, and put him through an airline-style security X-ray machine. Derek announces his diagnosis: ''He's a smoker, possible hernia, and he likes to swallow balloons of heroin.'' The pilot also includes what may be the first ''Sopranos'' joke on a network series.
Sam Lloyd stands out in the pilot as a hapless crime victim whose complaint is that ''women are breaking into my apartment to have sex.'' And when told that some men might think that was not a problem, he explains, ''I'm not there.''
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